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Turns out, Wade great at hoops
Time for a quick quiz with Richards coach Gary Korhonen.
What do Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski and Tribune columnist John Kass have in common?
"They all played football at Richards," Korhonen said. "Dwyane only played his first two years. In fact, I was coming into the gym after a preseason practice and I see this guy running up and down the court, dunking and hitting three-pointers. I asked one of the kids who that was. He said, 'Dwyane Wade.'
"I thought to myself, 'Boy, this Wade would make a great receiver.' Then my sophomore coach tells me, 'He's been playing for us the last two years!"'
Time's on their side
Mt. Carmel had three huge line prospects on its freshman team last year: 6-foot-4-inch, 260-pound Lendell Buckner, Leon Hill (6-5, 310) and Marquis Wright (6-4, 325).
To his credit, Caravan coach Frank Lenti isn't rushing their progress to the varsity. Only Buckner will see varsity playing time this season, as a defensive lineman.
Maine South receiver/defensive back Anthony Borsellino spars with Tommy Zbikowski, the former Buffalo Grove All-Stater who is a standout strong safety for Notre Dame and is 1-0 in his pro boxing career.
Zbikowski registered a 49-second knockout of Akron's Robert Bell in June at Madison Square Garden.
Naperville North coach Larry McKeon is grateful for his assistant coaches, who work a little extra to enable McKeon to spend Saturdays watching his son, Corey McKeon, play for Nebraska. The 6-1, 225-pound junior is rated the No. 16 linebacker in the nation by The Sporting News.
Notable family trees
Oak Park quarterback Justin Brown is the son of ex-Bulls guard Randy Brown, and Barrington offensive lineman Roland Massimino is the grandson of ex-Villanova and current Northwood (Fla.) basketball coach Rollie Massimino. Loyola running back Joseph Suhey is the son of ex-Bears fullback Matt Suhey. Hinsdale Central defensive end Jack DiNardo is the nephew of ex-Indiana coach and current ESPN analyst Gerry DiNardo.
Anybody here want to play QB?
Lake Zurich needs to put quarterback Matt Blanchard in a protective bubble.
The last three years, the team's projected starting QB hasn't seen much action.
In 2003, sophomore starter Tom Moore was in a car accident and broke his ribs. A year later, Moore was sidelined by a leg injury, and his backup also went down with an injury. Last year, Moore went down with a hamstring injury and backup Blanchard broke his foot.
New coach Famous Hulbert is already making an impression at Proviso West. The former high school All-American lineman talked one of the best players on the Panthers' basketball team, Justin Hightower (6-3, 185), into returning to football for the first time since his freshman year to play wide receiver.